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A stack of rail ties burns near Cabot and North Canal streets in Holyoke Tuesday.

Holyoke rail tie fire highlights hazards posed by debris along Connecticut River Line

Friday, November 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fire that engulfed a massive pile of discarded rail ties in downtown Holyoke this week is raising new concerns among public safety officials and area lawmakers about the hazards posed by thousands of such ties left along the newly constructed Connecticut River Line. Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials had pledged earlier this year to remove all the …

Traffic backups linger for hours on Interstate 91 southbound after garbage truck fire near Exit 17 in Holyoke

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A garbage truck hauling cardboard caught fire near Exit 17 on Interstate 91 southbound Tuesday morning, shutting down a section of the highway and requiring firefighters to spend hours methodically extinguishing pieces of burning cargo. No injuries were reported in the incident, which led to lane closures that lasted until noon …

Relaxing rays

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Richard R. O’Riley of Ware identified as victim of truck accident at I-91 work zone

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The man killed in an accident at a work site on Interstate 91 at Exit 15 in Holyoke has been identified as Richard R. O’Riley, 51, of Ware. State Police are continuing to investigate the crash that killed O’Riley when he was hit by a dump truck about …

Hillary Clinton schedules fundraiser in Holyoke for July 2

Thursday, June 11, 2015

HOLYOKE — Local supporters of Hillary Clinton prepared to pony up the cash will have a chance to meet the presidential hopeful when she comes to Holyoke on July 2. A “Conversation with Hillary” will be held at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Road, at a cost of …

Marc Montminy of Connecticut says he has community policing experience to be Northampton’s chief

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MANCHESTER, CONN. — Sitting behind his desk Wednesday at the Manchester Police Department, Chief Marc Montminy said that he never really considered being a police chief until he made lieutenant in the department in 2000. His supervisor told …

Construction worker struck and killed by dump truck at work site on Interstate 91 in Holyoke

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — State Police are investigating an accident in which a construction worker in a work zone on Interstate 91 in Holyoke near Exit 15 was struck and killed by a dump truck about 3 a.m. Wednesday. State Police Sgt. Thomas Ryan said the accident remains under investigation …

Biologist Boyd Kynard an expert on behavior and ecology of shortnose sturgeon in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior, and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New …

Kevin Pardee indicted on kidnapping, assault, weapons charges after two incidents involving girlfriend in Easthampton

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A 28-year-old Easthampton man who has been jailed since he was accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend has been indicted on numerous charges related to two alleged incidents involving the woman. Kevin E. Pardee, whose last known address was 12 Plain St., was indicted Monday …

Keith Truehart, accused of breaking baby’s ribs in Belchertown, added to State Police Most Wanted list

Monday, June 1, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — A 30-year-old man accused of breaking an infant’s ribs in Belchertown in 2014 is still at large and was recently added to the Massachusetts State Police Most Wanted list. Keith A. Truehart, who previously lived in …

The perseverance sheepskin: Holyoke Community College honors 1,030 can-do graduates

Saturday, May 30, 2015

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College graduates shared stories of the difficult but rewarding paths that led them to the stage of the MassMutual Center in Springfield Saturday morning, where thousands gathered to cheer on the 1,030 members of …

Memorial ride for the late Dorie Goldman to help introduce Holyoke children to bicycles

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

AMHERST — A Holyoke program designed to introduce children to bicycles is just the type of thing the late Dorie Goldman would have wanted to support. That’s why it’s fitting that a benefit bicycle ride next month in …

Anglers reel ’em in at Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Adult and youth anglers gathered along the shores of the Connecticut River over the weekend to participate in the Holyoke Gas & Electric Shad Derby. The four-day competition, spread over two weekends each May, continues May 16 and …